latch on


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latch on

vb
1. to attach oneself (to): to latch on to a new acquaintance.
2. to understand: he suddenly latched on to what they were up to.
3. US and Canadian to obtain; get
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.latch on - take hold of or attach to; "The biochip latches onto the genes"
grasp, hold on - hold firmly
2.latch on - adopt; "take up new ideas"
sweep up, embrace, espouse, adopt - take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith"
3.latch on - understand, usually after some initial difficultylatch on - understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
apprehend, comprehend, get the picture, grok, savvy, grasp, compass, dig - get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
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Translations

w>latch on

vi (inf)
(= get hold)sich festhalten; (with teeth) → sich festbeißen (→ to sth an etw dat); he latched on to the idea of coming with user hat es sich (dat)in den Kopf gesetzt, mitzukommen
(= attach o.s.)sich anschließen (→ to +dat); she latched on to me at the partysie hängte sich auf der Party an mich (inf)
(= understand)kapieren (inf)
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/ Until now, screws were required to secure a compression latch on a sheet metal panel.